Buck Mountain Trail

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Buck Mountain Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pilot Knob, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.0 miles
3333 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips


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wild flowers




The first mile of the hike is on a primarily wide trail with a slight grade. There is an intersection that leads to several other summits not too far in - be sure to maintain your trail markers. The descent through mile 2 becomes steeper and has rocky sections with a few easy stream crossings. The views slowly start to come during the last mile or so of the hike as the canopy recedes and the rocky scrambles begin. Some of the scrambles may require a hands on approach so car should be taken with the younger hikers. The view from the summit is well worth the hike. Tons of blueberries near the summit in early summer. Tend to go fast due to heavy foot traffic that same time of year.

1 hour ago

Oh my god ! Breath taking view from the top .... my first time hiking ..... and was it hard ... took about 3.5 hours get on top and 2 hours to get back

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19 hours ago

Amazing views from the Top...

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4 days ago

Great hike today! Second mile got a little harder and the last half mile was good stuff! Views are great and it's very peaceful

7 days ago

A fun and challenging climb! Summit views are worth the effort to get up there! There still some wet spots so bring your boots and plenty of big spray. I had to reapply on the way down!

9 days ago

Nice hike with stellar views from the summit. Trail is on good condition. Some cascading areas as a creek runs near the trail in several spots.

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I've been up Buck several times, love it!

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1 month ago

This is my second time doing this peak except I hiked in this way which was different since I hiked this peak from the other trailhead. Very nice with rewarding views of the lake. I can do this hike over and over again.

1 month ago